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Google aims to help smartphone addiction by making devices easier to ignoreND

James Titcomb, The Telegraph, Tuesday May 8 2018

In response to fears that smartphones are becoming too addictive, Google will add an update to its operating system which will set time limits on apps and make smartphones easier to ignore. It is one of the first times a major technology company has acknowledged that smartphones and social media apps may have become too distracting. Google unveiled the changes at its annual developer conference in Silicon Valley, and said future Android phones would include an optional app timer that will alert owners when they are approaching the time limit, then making the app’s icon black and white when they have passed it. Two other updates will allow users to specify a particular bed time, and allow the mobile phone to automatically recognise when it has been placed face-down on a table and respond accordingly, by silencing notifications such as phone calls and text messages.

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